I have an older Dell with a Western Digital 250GB SATA (WD2500JD) drive in it. It has become unbootable. The message is "Drive 0: Serial ATA, SATA-0 has exceeded a parameter. F1 to continue. Then "No boot device available" It tries a PXE boot then gives up. I booted from a Win 7 installation disk and tried a repair which was not successful. None of the bootrec commands worked. [edited by rindi, unallowed CD]. The disk has a lot of bad sectors so I am pronouncing it DOA. So, no biggie, I used Acronis True Image Home 11 to image the disk right after installing and updating the OS and apps. I reached for the trusty Acronis boot DVD I made. The computer would not boot from it. Yes, I checked the boot order. BUT it will [Edited], Win 7 and UBCD disks. I replaced the WD with another WD2500JD. Same story with all the bootable DVDs. Then I put that Acronis disk in 4 other computers and they all booted from it. Im questioning the laws of physics right now.
After doing the monkey with a baseball bat thing for a long time, it finally booted from the Acronis disk. Then the keyboard and mouse would not respond. The keyboard and mouse thing is a known issue with Acronis boot disks. Apparently the trick is dont touch the mouse until it enters the program. Got it. Now if I could only get the computer to boot from it again. I want to image the replacement HDD with the bloody image I made. Its the same thing - it wont boot from the Acronis disk but will boot from other boot disks.
Thats a big WTF, over?